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McArthur welcomes SNP U-turn on help for children in care

January 6, 2014 12:38 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat Education spokesman Liam McArthur MSP hasLiam McArthurLiam McArthur welcomed the announcement that Ministers are set to amend the Children and Young People Bill to offer new support for children in care after pressure from MSPs and charities.

Speaking today, Mr McArthur called on the SNP to also look again at extending childcare opportunities and match the help for two year old children from the poorest backgrounds that is available in England thanks to Liberal Democrats in government.

Commenting, Liam McArthur MSP said:

"This is a welcome change of heart from the Scottish Government. While these proposals were not initially supported by Ministers, I am pleased that they have relented following pressure from the Education Committee and charities involved in supporting those going through the care system.

"What this demonstrates clearly is that where there is a political will, there is a way to act now. Ministers now need to show the same approach to another key aspect of this bill, and extend childcare and early learning opportunities to two year olds from the poorest backgrounds in Scotland, as is happening south of the border.

"If this approach is good enough for care leavers, surely it is good enough for our most disadvantaged two year olds."